TAVERNIER (CBSMiami) – A woman who officials said got into a violent fight with a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested early Monday morning.

According to officials, 33-year-old Sara Henderson was being arrested for disorderly intoxication when she began attacking Deputy Michael Claudy.

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The deputy said he saw two women in an altercation at the Circle K by the 92 mile marker and he tried to separate them.  Henderson refused to calm down, authorities said.

Henderson continued to yell and the deputy said she began to fight him as he tried to arrest her.

Deputy Claudy said Henderson managed to knock his microphone off of him preventing him from calling for back-up.

She was sprayed with pepper spray, but Deputy Claudy said she wiped her face and then put her hands on him wiping the spray on his face so he could not see.

Deputy Claudy was able to reach for his microphone, call for help and hold Henderson down until other officers arrived.

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Henderson reportedly told emergency room staff at Mariner’s Hospital that she purposely rubbed the pepper spray into Deputy Claudy’s eyes.

Claudy sustained an injury to one of his eyes that will require follow-up treatment.

Henderson was charged with disorderly intoxication, battery on a law enforcement officer, depriving an officer of his means of communication and resisting arrest with violence.


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